Even though places like THR and IESB are saying that the audience at the Expo was asked to sign non-disclosure agreements, reports are nonetheless coming in from various different sources about the Avatar footage that was shown. And below we have provided a selection of quotes from them. I've included the least spoilerific ones, but if you're someone who wants to know every little thing about the movie without fear of spoiling it for yourself, you can head to the links provided under the following quotes:
Coming Soon (scooper: 'The Insider')
I've just returned from a preview screening of "Avatar"... and I'm still feeling the after effects of this jaw-dropping experience... Finally a director who doesn't feel the need to stick it [3D] in the audience's face with cheap tricks like pointing objects at the camera...
I thought--just like you guys--that I've seen it all with Gollum, or The Hulk, but Cameron has done it again. These creatures seem so real, that within minutes you forget you're watching an enormous and very blue CGI character. Even the eyes are totally convincing. The characters have real personalities and a soul... The effects are in a league of their own. After some disappointing or even pointless 3-D movies, "Avatar" maybe the first movie where 3-D is properly utilized.
You will NOT believe the detail... The world outside is amazing. It all lives, breathes and works... You will not believe the amount of leaves that look like someone created that jungle for real.
What is most important about this movie [is that] everything lives and breathes... There's a shot of leaves somewhere which is so photorealistic you don't want to think it's CGI. You believe this world from the get-go. It's there, you don't need to believe it because you will experience it.
Unique Cinema System (via Twitter)
"...Stunning, literally jawdropping. Amazing visuals unlike any before seen, with incredible detail... CGI was photorealistic, characters look really real. Believe the hype, this movie will be massive!"
Well there you have it - the first real solid information and early reactions to the sci-fi special effects-filled blockbuster that is Avatar. I don't think the word "hype" even covers it anymore, the buzz has gotten so big. What's encouraging about these early reactions is that they're coming from people who are not in any way involved with the making of the film (read: not biased). Even if they seem almost too good to be true, it's still great to see that the word "disappointment" has yet to be used, something which the mega-hype suggested was inevitable.
Just as an added bonus, we have a couple of (new) images from Avatar for you, which were displayed at the Cine Expo after party. They are extremely cool, check them out (courtesy of UCSNord):
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What do you make of all of the info and early buzz about Avatar? Do you think there is any way this thing can possibly live up to all the hype that's been built up about it?
Avatar is slated for a December 18, 2009 release.